The Most Popular Genres for NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost here! For those of you who don’t know, on November 1, participants begin working toward writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

This exercise builds discipline, determination, and enthusiasm—so what are you waiting for? We’ve gone through our past list of “Top Trending Books” to figure out which are the most popular genres to write about, to help you on your way to writing the next bestseller.

Young Adult – Paranormal

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Not that this is such a surprise, but with novels like Michelle Mead’s Silver Shadows from the Bloodlines Series—about vampires, alchemists, and all things magic—and Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life from the All Souls Trilogy—also about vampires (and witches and scientists, too)—we’re thinking that the world is craving more blood paranormal fiction.

Thriller – Mystery

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Gillian Flynn’s novels, Gone Girl and Sharp Objects have been cropping up on our “top” lists, as well as Stieg Larsson’s books from the Millennium series, and it’s no mystery as to why (pun intended). Readers love a good novel with the ability to build unbearable suspense, and they adore it all the more when they are kept guessing until the end.

Romance – Erotica

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Everyone loves a guilty pleasure, and there’s nothing guiltier and more pleasurable than an erotica novel (ahem…50 Shades of Grey). People may not admit it, but the lonely, passionate, and straight up curious are secretly hankering for these steamy reads—hence why books like Pepper Winters’ Twisted Together (about an angsty alpha male and badass heroine who fall in love), and Laura Kaye’s East of Ecstasy (much of the same plot as the former) are consistently on our lists.

Young Adult – Romance

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Perhaps it’s the rush of first love and the thrill of being young again, because novels such as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska—contemporary young adult romances—are insanely popular and constant chart toppers. Other similar books, like Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost—a tale about five teens on an epic road adventure—and Rachel Harris’ The Fine Art of Pretendinga story of a girl who’s out to get the perfect homecoming date—also generate a lot of buzz.

Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo? If so, what genre have you chosen to write about, and why?

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